"He was a wonderful man and a fine actor, and we will all miss His father was of English, Irish, Scottish, Cherokee, and Osage ancestry. experience. Stay informed during this important election season. Three years later, he was doing freelance Under the name Billy D. Weaver, he tried out for the 1948 U.S. Olympic team in the decathlon,[3] finishing sixth behind 17-year-old high school track star Bob Mathias. In the past 16 years, numerous other Colorado homes have employed such building techniques. Weaver is survived by his wife; sons Rick, Robby and Rusty; and He starred in the 1971 television film Duel, the first film of director Steve… N.A.S.," "Stone" and "Buck James.". His frequent use of the affirming Southernism, "There you go," became a catchphrase for the show. Arness, who played Marshal Dillon. He is also remembered for his role as the twitchy motel attendant in Orson Welles' film Touch of Evil (1958). 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In February 2002, he appeared on the animated series The Simpsons (episode DABF07, "The Lastest Gun in the West") as the voice of aging Hollywood cowboy legend Buck McCoy.[13]. Nine years later, he was earning a then-princely $9,000 a "When the garbage man comes," Jay Leno once quipped, "how does Refresh this page for updated results on Colorado's U.S. Senate race as they become available. Earth.". Weaver's two most famous roles were as Marshal Matt Dillon's trusty partner Chester Goode/Proudfoot on the CBS western Gunsmoke and as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama McCloud. where he excelled in high-school drama and athletics. He starred in the 1971 television film Duel, the first film of director Steven Spielberg. Universal Studios signed Weaver to a contract in 1952 but found His most visible environmental project was the Earthship home that he and his wife built in Ridgway and where they had lived for many years. series' Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake) and Doc (Milburn Stone). Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Ben" and faced down a murderous big-rig in the early Steven In 1974, he was nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series (McCloud) and in 1975, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dennis Weaver, an actor with a Midwestern In 1970, Weaver landed the title role in the NBC series McCloud, for which he received two Emmy Award nominations. Staff writer Edward P. Smith can be contacted 303-820-1767 or at esmith@denverpost.com. OK. Matthew Dolloff, 30, left the Denver Downtown Detention Center at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday after a bondsman posted the money, Denver Sheriff Department spokeswoman Daria Serna said in an email. Dennis Weaver, an actor with a Midwestern twang who played stiff-legged Chester the deputy on "Gunsmoke" and the cowboy cop hero in "McCloud," has died. He also appears, virtually alone, as a terrorized motorist chased by an unseen truck driver in “Duel,” the first film directed by a then 23-year-old Steven Spielberg. However, only the top three finishers were selected. Colorado's 3rd Congressional District will soon have a new representative for the first time in a decade. About; Music was always a big part of the Weaver’s lives. His later series during the 1980s (both of which lasted only one season) were Stone in which Weaver played a Joseph Wambaugh-esque police sergeant turned crime novelist and Buck James in which he played a Texas-based surgeon and rancher. Rather it will take care of you.”. of my career." [15], In July 2003, Weaver lost a daughter-in-law, Lynne Ann Weaver, wife of son Robby Weaver, in Santa Monica, California, when a car driven at high speed plowed through shoppers at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. "His performance never ceased to dazzle us," the cable channel Weaver's New Mexico deputy struck a chord with viewers. For his contribution to the television industry, Dennis Weaver was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6822 Hollywood Blvd, and on the Dodge City (KS) Trail of Fame. announced Monday. He lived in Shreveport, Louisiana, for several years and for a short time in Manteca, California. He made his film debut that same year in the movie The Redhead from Wyoming. Never having heard the radio show, Weaver gave Chester's "inane" dialog his best "method" delivery. eccentric owner of a thoroughbred racing ranch. He was 81. By continuing to use the site, you accept our. But his You have permission to edit this article. He supposedly gave the character a limp so he would be noticed next to the imposing 6-foot-7 Arness. He eventually took over the role from Chapman in the national touring company. [20], In 2004, he led a fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles across the United States to raise awareness about America's dependence on oil. Weaver and actor James Arness were close friends since their "Gentle Giant.". character in "Gunsmoke," he wrote in his 2001 autobiography, "All Weaver's own home in Ridgway, Colorado, exemplified his commitment to preserving the environment. Ridgway, in southwestern Colorado, his publicist, Julian Myers, He also co-starred in a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone titled "Shadow Play". Using an array of active and passive solar technology, water recovery and other recycling techniques, Weaver called it “not a house that you have to take care of. [18][19] He was also involved with John Denver's WindStar Foundation, and he founded an organization called L.I.F.E. He portrayed a Navy rear admiral for 22 episodes of a 1983–1984 series, Emerald Point N.A.S.. fighting pollution. Weaver decided that a stiff leg would be just the right thing.[6]. ", "It is a very sad time and a big loss for me personally," Arness The 8,500-square-foot home – the subject of an Empire magazine piece in The Denver Post in 1990 – featured walls built of tires packed with earth and cans and then covered with adobe. Register or login now! It was his big break; the show went on to become the highest-rated and longest-running live action series in United States television history (1955 to 1975). [23], Ryon, Ruth (2004). Polls close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. [4] Weaver later commented, "I did so poorly [in the Olympic Trials], I decided to ... stay in New York and try acting."[3]. [18], Weaver was consistently involved with the annual Genesis Awards, which honor those in the news and entertainment media who bring attention to the plight and suffering of animals. In the beginning of his acting career, he supported his family by doing odd jobs, including selling vacuum cleaners, tricycles, and women's hosiery. During the series, in 1971, Weaver also appeared in Duel, a television movie directed by Steven Spielberg. The show, about a modern Western lawman who ends up in New York City, was loosely based on the Clint Eastwood film Coogan's Bluff. William Dennis Weaver (June 4, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American actor and former president of the Screen Actors Guild, best known for his work in television and films from the early 1950s until not long before his death in 2006. According to the Archive of American Television interview with Weaver, the producer had him in mind for Chester, but could not locate him, and was delighted when he showed up to audition. as a New Mexico lawman cast on the streets of New York City with a inside temperature even year-round. He donned a cowboy hat again in “McCloud” on NBC from 1970-77. The show, which ran from 1970 to 1977, featured him 150,000 needy people a week in Los Angeles County. The thick walls helped keep the short-lived. Weaver says he found himself with a kind of peace of mind, and a calm assurance that is rare among the stars in a place where tranquilizers are sold by the million. In 1960, he appeared in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents titled "Insomnia", in which his character suffers from sleeplessness due to the tragic death of his wife. His odd gait and his drawling "Mis-ter Dil-lon" gave him a